I hadn’t thought about it much, but I just assumed that pretty much every little girl got her ears pierced by some teenager working at Claire’s in the mall. And I guess you could do that, but … why?
It sounds like a recipe for disaster. Infection, at least. I mean, I’m sure those super-responsible teens making minimum wage and excellent life choices totally give two craps about the job they do. It’s not like their parents still need to remind them to wash their hands before dinner. That gun they use to shoot your darling’s little lobes? It’s probably safe and sterile, way better than a silly old-fashioned needle! Or maybe I’m being sarcastic. Read this informative article from Good Housekeeping to find out!
But if not two stores down from the Kids Foot Locker, where?
If not from an adolescent who watched an eight-minute instructional video, who?
Fear not, good parent! There are other piercing options. Some doctor’s offices offer the service. A better choice than the mall, but — get real — those medical nerds aren’t experts in the field.
The experts don’t have multiple doctorates, they have multiple piercings. Their shirts are rolled up to reveal a complex and colorful sleeve of ink that tells a life story; sometimes that story involves a Mogwai. They’re not teenagers and they’re definitely not in the medical profession. They’re tattoo artists and professional piercers.
It may sound odd or even irresponsible to bring your innocent little lamb into this den of alleged miscreants and ne’er-do-wells, but tattoo parlors are the best place to get your child’s ears pierced. Also, quit being so judgy, jerkface.
Ears pierced by a professional with standards
A good tattoo parlor is maintained to exacting standards: cleanliness is paramount. Tattoo artists are well-trained and go through a certification process. The piercing needle they use is safer than a gun because it’s sharper and, unlike the gun, can be sterilized. A tattoo artist’s business is built on his reputation and his reputation is his business.
In other words, unlike the kid at Claire’s, he actually gives a shit. As far as piercings go, anything goes. Professional piercers have done noses, tongues, nipples and scrotums — oh, my! Your kid’s ears are a cakewalk by comparison.
Last weekend, I took my daughter to get her ears pierced at Artisanal Tattoo in Somerville, N.J. The place felt like a doctor’s office, but way cooler. The whole experience was fantastic. As we were walking in, Penny and I joked about the unicorn tattoo I would get … only to find out someone was actually getting a unicorn tattoo at that moment! I’m pretty sure it was a sign.
After a couple of minutes in the waiting room, flipping through tattoo ideas that I’ll never get but kind of want, the piercer came to get us and bring us to his partitioned office. He explained the process to Penny and took his time making sure the earring placement, marked with a drop of ink, was just right. He held her ear with a surgical-looking tool, slid the needle through, and put in her new earrings. She said it felt like a pinch and was proud of herself because the old pro told her she was braver than some grown men he’d seen. He even had a stack of juice boxes for recovery and gave Penny one. I’d write more about the process, but that was it. Super simple, sterile and professional. And, yeah, pretty cool.
A version of this first appeared on Amateur Idiot / Professional Dad.
Darryl Johnston says
Yes, I guess nothing’s wrong with this. Well, I tend to trust more on professional tattoo artists that will pierce my child rather than at the mall.
Do you know of any reputable tattoo parlors in Florida where I can get my kids ears pierced?
What is this advice? “Hey did you know that it’s best to go to the guy who pierces people when you want piercings?” No I didn’t thanks. Also you’re right, just a little less sass about doctors next time, mr stay at home dad.
Oh a New Jersey lad. Huh well it all makes sense now.
Sincerely, a random Craven wasting his time.
I completely agree with you 110,000%
I refuse to bring my daughter, my very first daughter after having four boys. I can finally pierce my precious baby girl‘s ears, and do you think I’m gonna take her to a bunch of gossip queens that don’t give two sh*t’s about my daughter or my daughter’s health, so if she does catch an infection from those unsanitary piercing guns, it’s not like she has to deal with it. She’s getting paid by the hour! just as you mentioned!!! you could not have put this any better!! my husband and I both strongly agree and have said it for months! We’re taking her to a tattoo parlor, I don’t care what anybody says – I don’t care what my mother-in-law says! and she has something to say about everything !!!!
so with that being said, it’s my child, right? Most parents should know what’s best and safest for the children! Regardless of how it looks to other, it’s safer! its the better option then your neighbor’s teenage daughter piercing your child’s ears. Thanks! 🙌🏻👍🏻👏🏻
Keep it up! You’re doing a great job! I’m a stay-at-home mom, I praise all stay-at-home moms and dads! you’re all doing great, keep up the good work and keep providing good advice and opinions & stories because it’s beneficial for other stay-at-home parents looking for information.